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Title: GRB 060206 and the quandary of achromatic breaks in afterglow light curves
Authors: Curran, P. A.
van der Horst A. J.
Wijers, R. A. M. J.
Wiersema, K.
Starling, R. L. C.
Rol, E.
Tanvir, N. R.
Burleigh, M. R.
Casewell, S. L.
Castro-Tirado, A. J.
Gorosabel, J.
Jelínek, M.
Fynbo, J. P. U.
Malesani, D.
Laursen, P.
Järvinen, A. S.
Malesani, D.
Dobbie, P. D.
Guziy, S.
Jakobsson, P.
Levan, A. J.
Mundell, C. G.
Näränen, J.
Piranomonte, S.
First Published: 1-Oct-2007
Publisher: Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: LETTERS, 2007, 381 (1)
Abstract: Gamma-ray burst afterglow observations in the Swift era have a perceived lack of achromatic jet breaks compared with the BeppoSAX era. We present our multi-wavelength analysis of GRB060206 as an illustrative example of how inferences of jet breaks from optical and X-ray data might differ. The results of temporal and spectral analyses are compared, and attempts are made to fit the data within the context of the standard blast wave model. We find that while the break appears more pronounced in the optical and evidence for it from the X-ray alone is weak, the data are actually consistent with an achromatic break at about 16 h. This break and the light curves fit standard blast wave models, either as a jet break or as an injection break. As the pre-Swift sample of afterglows are dominated by optical observations, and in the Swift era most well-sampled light curves are in the X-ray, caution is needed when making a direct comparison between the two samples, and when making definite statements on the absence of achromatic breaks.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1745-3933.2007.00368.x
ISSN: 1745-3933
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2007 the authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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